October 28 Bible reading

27 10 2018

Each day of the year I’ll post verses to read, with the purpose of reading through the whole Bible within a year.

Reading the Bible is helpful in taking next steps to follow Jesus. It may not be easy and yet it can be rewarding. Digging into Scripture alongside people you know is a life-giving way to pursue answers together. We discover the love that God has for us, expressed through Jesus.

Please read the verses below, prayerfully consider them, and then my comments may be helpful after those moments.

October 28  Psalm 119:113-120  Titus 3  Lamentations 1; 2:1-6

What’s the plain simple truth of the verses you read?

Based on today’s reading, what is one thing God is saying to you?

What should you do about that truth?

Hearing God speak is a life-changing source of hope. We are sustained by listening to what God has said. When we stray from God’s Word we find negative results.

Paul reminds Titus of the most important truth to be taught consistently. God revealed love, by saving us. This was not because we had done something good. This is simply out of God’s mercy. It is a gift. Through Jesus our Savior we are given new life. We can now walk this journey, being led by the Holy Spirit and carrying an expectant hope of a future in Heaven. Paul provides specific instructions for how pastors should deal with divisive people. We should also live out of gratitude and seek to meet the urgent needs of others.

The prophet Jeremiah writes five poems lamenting the way God’s people rejected their Creator, bringing destruction on themselves, their land, and the Temple. The first four poems are acrostic of the Hebrew alphabet just like Psalm 119. We read about the sorrow of God in these dark days. As a spiritual leader, Jeremiah is not indifferent to the people being punished, but instead we find him compassionate to the suffering.


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